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Right to City: Only few cities shouldn’t bear the burden

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The Delhi High Court (HC) has said that “forced” and “unannounced” eviction of slum dwellers without following proper guidelines is contrary to the law. The HC ruled that any land-owning agency in Delhi, including Central government ones such as the Indian Railways, must first conduct a detailed survey. Then only can they draw up a rehabilitation plan—even so, only in consultation with those to be evicted before a demolition drive in accordance with the 2015 Delhi Slum and JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy (2015 Delhi Slum Rehabilitation Policy). The judgment was passed in relation to pleas seeking relief on the issue of forced eviction of........

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